Mankind on the brink
In a feature article in FMCG CEO magazine, IOM3 Chief Executive Dr Colin Church writes that, as the Institute celebrates its 150th year, mankind faces an unprecedented set of challenges which will require a change to a low carbon, resource efficient society.
Climate change, pressures caused by population growth together with a change in age profile, biodiversity loss and soil quality reduction and poor plastic waste management are all major issues to be tackled.
Materials must and will play a fundamental part in addressing the issues by focusing on the need for products with longer lives that are easier to remanufacture or recycle.
Dr Church sees the role of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining as helping the people who manage materials throughout the materials cycle to become heroes of the transition, not villains.